There are some things that are
great to talk about with friends:
Your latest golf score
Movies you’ve seen
What you did last weekend
some things are hard to talk about with friends:
· Your bedwetting
name for bedwetting, or sleep wetting, is nocturnal (nighttime) enuresis
(“en-yoo-ree-sus”). There has been a lot of research into bedwetting in
children, but not as much into the problem of enuresis in adults. Whether it is
a child or an adult with the problem, however, it is known that it is an event
that can’t be controlled by the person.
Some people may have had a bedwetting problem since
childhood (Persistent Primary Nocturnal Enuresis), while others don’t develop
the problem until adulthood (Adult Onset Secondary Enuresis).
DOES BEDWETTING OCCUR?
causes of bed wetting vary. At night, the body produces less of a
hormone called ADH, which then causes the kidneys to produce less urine. That
is why most people are able to sleep through the night without having to
urinate. Other people don’t produce this extra ADH or their body does not
respond to the hormone. In both cases, this can cause nighttime bedwetting.
Also, it has been shown that bedwetting can be hereditary.
people may have what is referred to as a “small” bladder, which means their
bladder does not hold as much urine as most other adults. Substances that
irritate the bladder, such as caffeine and alcohol, can also cause bed
wetting. Sleep apnea or other sleep disorders can also contribute to bed
adults may also have a problem with daytime wetting. In those cases, physical
causes should be investigated and ruled out first.
doctor will want to know a lot of information about you in order to make a
proper diagnosis of your bedwetting problem. Before your appointment,
make a record for at least a few days of the following:
number of times that you urinate and when
· Any bedwetting
amount of urine you produce each time you go to the bathroom
· If the
urine stream is weak or strong
pain when urinating
other symptoms, such as night sweats
doctors think that the best treatment for bed wetting is a program that
retrains your brain to do one of two things:
Wake you up so you can go to the bathroom
Stay asleep and hold it until morning
programs can include doing bladder exercises such as waiting a little longer to
urinate during the day, or reading about and imagining staying dry. Another
treatment involves using a tiny alarm connected to a pad placed in your
underwear at night. If you start to urinate, the pad senses the moisture and
sets off the alarm. Different alarms buzz, vibrate, or do both, but they're all
easy to use and can help wake even the deepest sleeper.
option is medicine, such as a nose spray or tablet that you take before going
to bed. While these may work temporarily, they aren’t a cure. It’s been found
that medicines to treat bed wetting work best when combined with an
alarm or other training programs.
have a bedwetting problem, there are some things you can do to stay dry:
Try not to drink anything after dinner
Go to the bathroom before going to bed
Limit caffeine and alcohol
Take an appropriate medication prescribed by your physician